All tagged Drones

It Turns Out that Using Drones to Smuggle Drugs is Illegal

In an innovative use of existing criminal statutes, the US Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia has secured a guilty plea from a man accused of planning to use an unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) to smuggle marijuana into a state prison.  The crime?  A federal charge under 49 USC § 46306 (b)(6) and (c)(2), which makes it unlawful to “knowingly and willfully operate[] or attempt[] to operate an aircraft eligible for registration knowing that” the aircraft is not registered, and which imposes a five year prison sentence if the offense is “related to transporting a controlled substance by aircraft.”

Game of Drones: The ULC Enters Its Final Season

Over the past couple of years, the Uniform Law Commission (ULC)’s work on drone tort law has become a topic of conversation and careful attention throughout the unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) community.  Last year, the ULC considered a draft uniform drone tort law that would have jeopardized the future of the UAS industry, which sparked widespread concern; this year, going into its final meeting, the ULC’s drafting Committee has worked hard to address the issues raised by industry and government stakeholders and is proposing a substantially revised draft.  

Four Takeaways on Drone Regulation at CES—2019 Is a Year for Learning and Implementation (and hopefully Remote ID)

Drones featured prominently at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, as in previous years.  While last year Intel dazzled attendees with a 250-drone light show above the Bellagio fountains using its Shooting Star drones, the drone-related events grabbing attention this year concern the applications and technologies that will bring commercial drones into the future.

Rogue Drones Force Gatwick Airport Closure: Is the U.S. Equipped to Handle a Similar Situation?

Although we would rather be writing about the UK’s first drone delivery using 4G networks earlier this week – both groundbreaking and seasonal, as the Vodafone drone was dressed up as Santa’s sleigh –  rogue drone operators elsewhere in the country have forced us to change course and think about the threats drones can pose to airports.  Major news outlets are reporting that Gatwick Airport, the second-largest airport in the UK, was forced to close last night due to unidentified drones being spotted near the runway. 

Podcast: FAA Reauthorization: AUVSI and Wiley Rein’s Three Takeaways for the UAS Industry

In this episode of Wiley Connected, Wiley Rein attorney Sara Baxenberg is joined by Tom McMahon of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community, about the FAA Reauthorization bill that passed the Senate this week and is awaiting the President’s signature.

FAA Releases Second Edition of its UAS Integration Roadmap

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the second edition of its “Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) Roadmap.”  In addition to providing an update on the FAA’s progress to date, the partnerships and advisory committees it has forged, and identifying key challenges to UAS integration into the NAS, the roadmap details the FAA’s near-term rulemaking and research efforts.